Grain Barge


Every Thursday night (and sometimes on other days) we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.

Doors open at 8pm.
Most nights, free entry.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7

Supported by Korev"Cornish Lager With Soul"



Thursday 8th September, 8pm, Free Entry

The Relay Rips perform upbeat & horn-fuelled folk-rock, skiffle-punk, country-soul & rock n roll. After forming to pay off a parking ticket in 2008 The Relay Rips continue to write & perform in pubs, clubs & festivals around the UK.
The band’s first release in 2010 was the album “Oh Touché”. This debut album launched with a rocking show narrowly attended by a front man who was days earlier stranded in Europe when an Icelandic volcano erupted. Oh Touché was mostly recorded live in Bristol’s Toy Box studio & in part in the living room of a friend, to catch the bands early low-fi ethos and energetic live sound.
Over the following year more songs & styles were introduced to develop a more rounded 90 minute show and complete the second album “Clementine Valentine”. The Rips returned to Toy Box studios to record once again but this time with greater imagination and a larger stereo vision. The album “Clementine Valentine” is scheduled for release in September 2012.



Thursday 15th September 8pm, Free Entry

Original arrangements of classic Rhythm and Blues in a 60s hammond funk style. Led by Bristol UK's Stefano Manfredi (bass) & Evan Newman (organ).



Thursday 22nd September, 8pm, Free Entry

Groovelator' finds freedom and elation in the groove. The band features virtuosic Hammond Organist John Paul Gard, Tom Gilkes on drums and Mark Lawrence on guitar with repertoire taken from funk and soul classics, pop hits, sizzlin' fusion, gospel and jazz.



Sunday 25th September, 8pm, £8 on the door

Matt Woosey’s time is now. His eighth studio album, Desiderata, captures the most daring and progressive music of his career. His acclaimed solo shows dart between folk, roots, ambient and electronica. He’s an artist who slips the creative straightjacket of the modern industry, a trailblazer with no reverse gear, a performer who drags the acoustic guitar kicking and screaming into fresh relevance.

"Lighting up the British blues and R&B scene" Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

"Acoustic Artist of the Year" Blues & Soul Magazine

"Solo Artist of the Year" Blues Matters